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No Sneezing Here! Mold Spore and Allergen Removal Tips

Posted January 21, 2023 by Mike Lewis under Tips

No Sneezing Here! Mold Spore and Allergen Removal Tips

As an allergy sufferer, I know how frustrating it can be when mold spores and other allergens trigger sinus issues and make me sneeze constantly. However, with some diligent cleaning habits and preventative measures, I’ve managed to keep my home relatively free of irritants. Here are my top tips for mold spore and allergen removal.

Identify Problem Areas Prone to Mold Growth

The first step is finding where mold is likely to grow in my home. I’ve learned that moisture and lack of airflow are the main culprits.

Places to Check Thoroughly

  • Bathrooms – Showers, tubs, and sinks provide ideal damp environments. Inspect grout, caulk and tile for black spots. Look behind walls if you see bubbling paint.

  • Basement and crawl spaces – Look for standing water and leaks. Check for musty smells. Inspect walls, corners and insulation for black mold.

  • HVAC system – Check air vents, ductwork, drip pans, filters and insulation. Mold can colonize in dark, damp spaces.

  • Kitchen and laundry rooms – Inspector under sinks, refrigerator drip pans and washing machine interiors for mold.

Preventing Mold Growth

Once I’ve identified at-risk areas, prevention is key. Here are some tips:

  • Install bathroom exhaust fans and run them during and after showering.

  • Use mold-resistant caulk and grout. Re-caulk tiles when needed.

  • Fix plumbing leaks right away to avoid moisture buildup.

  • Make sure dryers vent outside, not into the home.

  • Use dehumidifiers to regulate humidity levels, especially in basements.

Deep Cleaning to Remove Existing Mold

For places that already have mold colonies, deep cleaning is necessary. Here’s my process:

Supplies Needed

  • Protective gear – gloves, N95 mask, goggles

  • Mold killing cleaner with bleach or hydrogen peroxide

  • Scrub brushes, sponges, microfiber cloths

  • HEPA vacuum cleaner

  • Plastic sheets to contain mess

Removal Steps

  1. First I seal off the room and put down plastic sheeting. This prevents spores from getting everywhere.

  2. I gear up in gloves, mask and goggles for safety. Mold can trigger allergic reactions.

  3. Applying mold killer, I scrub affected areas vigorously with a stiff brush.

  4. I rinse thoroughly with water to wash away mold and cleaning solution.

  5. Next I use HEPA vacuum to capture spores and mold residue. Regular vacuums just spew spores into the air!

  6. I repeat steps as needed until all visible mold is gone. Be sure to check behind wallcoverings!

  7. Lastly I dispose of protective gear and wash any textiles that may have been exposed.

Maintaining a Mold-Free Home

Prevention and vigilance are so important when trying to limit mold growth. Here are some of my daily and weekly habits:

  • Ventilate kitchens and bathrooms – Use exhaust fans consistently after cooking, showering, etc. Let the fan run for 15+ minutes after.

  • Take out the trash regularly – Empty all garbage cans frequently so food waste doesn’t get moldy.

  • Clean humidity-prone areas – Use mold-killing cleaners weekly in bathrooms. Disinfect surfaces like shower curtains.

  • Change AC filters monthly – Dirty air filters just circulate mold spores and allergens. Mark your calendar as a reminder.

  • Wash bedding in hot water – Heat kills mold and mites. I wash sheets weekly to keep beds fresh and allergen-free.

Conclusion

Staying on top of moisture control, deep cleaning affected areas, and maintaining rigorous habits have really helped reduce sneeze-inducing mold spores in my home. My allergy symptoms are so much better managed when I’m diligent about mold prevention and removal. I hope these comprehensive tips help you breathe easier too!

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